The history of our locomotive is covered elsewhere.
The 76084 Locomotive Company Limited came in to existence in 1997 when the cosmetically restored locomotive came onto the open market and was purchased by a small group of enthusiast who saw the potential.
The Company was formed soon after purchase with a view to raising the necessary funds to restore the locomotive and tender by the issue of shares – a somewhat different approach from the way other locomotive restoration projects set about raising funds. The first shares were issued in 1998 and we have recently issued Share Certificate 1000. When 76084 returned to traffic on the North Norfolk Railway in July 2013 over £750,000 had been spent on the restoration. This is thanks in the main to the contribution of approximately 200 shareholders scattered around the UK and overseas. Some of the funds were raised and continue to be by the sale of merchandise by the Sales Team. The restoration received a major jolt when one shareholder joined the Company with a significant injection of cash.
In 2010 much needed funds were diverted from the actual restoration towards the provision of covered working accommodation for the locomotive and tender. The shareholders saw this as a positive step forward and enthusiastically embraced the sponsoring of various parts for the project as can be seen in the Return to Steam Roll of Honour. This was followed with the finding of a worthy partner in the North Norfolk Railway who also injected cash into the final stages to assist in a speedy completion of the final restoration work.
76084 Locomotive Company Limited has held its Shareholder Annual General Meeting in York in past years as this is a centrally located and easily reachable city. Prior to 76084’s return to traffic we held Shareholder’s Open Days at the Restoration Site at Hepscott initially to celebrate the opening of the Restoration Shed but subsequently to show off the progress being made by the Restoration Team. We have now reverted back to AGMs in York since 76084 is in traffic and could now be operating at a Heritage Railway anywhere around mainland Britain.
The North Norfolk Railway started running into Cromer in the summer of 2016 with 76084 the main attraction. 76084 remains part of their plans for future running.
As with every preserved locomotive once in traffic every effort to raise the substantial amount of funds needed for a heavy overhaul will be made. The Company will run the locomotive wherever there is commercial work for it during its 10 year ticket.
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